Volunteers needed for Clevedon river work
A group of volunteers set up seven years ago to look after the Land Yeo River in Clevedon have launched a recruitment drive for more helpers.
The Friends of the Land Yeo launched in 2002 following mounting concern about the state of the river, which was described as one of the country's most neglected waterways.
Over the years, teams of volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear the river of rubbish including bikes, traffic cones, old TVs and shopping trolleys.
They have also worked with the Environment Agency to clear the river, which runs through the town to the outfall at Clevedon Pill, of silt and weeds and improve its flow.
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They have also cut back overgrown areas and planted trees along the riverbanks.
And their hard work has paid off, with wildlife returning to the waterway and now swans have started nesting on the banks.
Moorhens, fish and families of ducks have also set up home on the river.
The group is planning to take on a number of new initiatives to improve the Land Yeo further and is appealing for local people to come forward and volunteer.
Projects planned for the future include further work to improve the level and flow of the river through the seaside resort.
The group also plan to plant more trees, continue to clear the river of debris and introduce a series of river walks. There are also plans in the pipeline to open up and expose some parts of the river that are hidden away.
Land Yeo Friends spokesman, David Robinson, said: "The results of six years of work speak for themselves and a great deal has been achieved since the group came together. The water quality is improved beyond recognition, with huge shoals of roach and perch and the occasional monster pike.
"On our last river walk we saw herons and kingfishers.
"But we need more volunteers to come forward and assist with this work."
Anyone who wants to help and find out more should contact Jackie Tait on 01275 798686.